EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2017

ewg-dirty-dozenIt’s that time of year again, when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes out with a list of the most pesticide ridden produce on the market, the Dirty Dozen™. They also have a Clean Fifteen™ list with fruits and vegetables considered to contain the least amount of pesticide residue.

This year, strawberries claimed the top spot on the Dirty Dozen list, for the second year in a row. USDA tests found that strawberries are the fresh produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, even after they are picked, rinsed in the field and washed before eating. According to the EWG, Americans eat nearly 8 pounds of fresh strawberries a year, which means also eating dozens of pesticides, Continue reading “EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2017”

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Village Green Events: Aubrey Organics and SophytoPRO® Demos

store5_TatiWe have some Village Green events coming up! Visit us for the following in-store demonstrations.

Thursday, August 27, 11am to 2pm: Aubrey Organics

Aubrey Organics is a pioneer in the natural skin care industry. They use only the purest natural and organic ingredients from fair trade sources, and use them in handcrafted, all-natural products that are good for you and good for the earth. It is this commitment that has made Aubrey one of the finest manufacturers of hair, skin and body care products.

Monday, August 31, 12 to 4pm: SophytoPRO® skin care

SophytoPRO® is gluten-free, whole-food based and has an average of 90% organic ingredients. It is designed to support the skin’s natural environment and encourage its innate restoration and renewal mechanisms. We carry cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Like many of our top-quality practitioner brand supplements, SophytoPRO® has can be purchased only through medical and healthcare professionals, and stores like Village Green, where we have experts on staff. To learn more about SophytoPRO® come visit us on Monday, August 31 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm for a demo on this skincare line.

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5 Best Summer Food Blogs

DSC04056Here are some blogs about food and summer (two of my favorite things). Summer food blogs offer a great reminder about how bountiful and varied summer eating can be!

1.Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well – There are so many reasons why I love the summertime: the green grass and warm sunshine, longer days and warmer evenings, more time to savor all the beauty of the outdoors. But the best part by far is the amazing abundance of healthy, fresh, whole foods everywhere you look. In celebration of the richness of the season, I’ve put together my top 10 reasons why there’s no better time to eat well.

2. Dinner Tonight: Summer Zucchini Pasta and Pesto – This delicious recipe combines raw zucchini and pesto made with pumpkin seeds, basil, garlic and lemon juice for the perfect light dinner on a hot day. Vegan and gluten free, too!  Continue reading “5 Best Summer Food Blogs”

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Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well

There are so many reasons why I love the summertime: the green grass and warm sunshine, longer days and warmer evenings, more time to savor all the beauty of the outdoors. But the best part by far is the amazing abundance of healthy, fresh, whole foods everywhere you look. In celebration of the richness of the season, I’ve put together my top 10 reasons why there’s no better time to eat well.

1. Food is Fresh, Available, and Affordable

It’s easy to eat fresh, locally grown food when fruits and vegetables are as abundant and available as they are during the summer months. And when food is more available, it’s more affordable, too, since choosing local produce cuts the cost of shipping food from some far-off place.  Continue reading “Guest Blog by Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why Summer is THE Season for Eating Well”

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Let There Be Light in the Vegetable Drawer

vegetable drawerWith the excessive use of pesticides and herbicides in commercial agriculture, we might forget that plants actually have their own methods for protecting themselves against pests and harsh environmental stressors. While the protections of our domesticated species may not be as potent as those of their wild ancestors, how else could these plants have survived to see the day they would be coddled by our industrial methods in a sunny California field?

Compounds like resveratrol in grapes, lycopene in tomatoes, anthocyanins in blueberries, sulforophane and glucosinolates in broccoli and other brassica vegetables… they are sun-protecting pigments, insect poisons or off-putting bitter flavors that we’re beginning to realize may have strong antioxidant, anti-cancer and disease-fighting benefits in humans.  Continue reading “Let There Be Light in the Vegetable Drawer”

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Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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